This week’s Mugshot Monday takes a different crunchier turn than last week’s RocDonald’s Flinstones mug. I bought this pair at an annual Holistic Health and Herbal Education Festival held at a farm in Cannon Falls. I actually taught a class on making medicinal salves. It might be hard to believe, but I studied herbal medicine during the last few years I lived in the Twin Cities. I love that I can identify common trees and weeds and make cool (and helpful) things from dandelions, St. John’s wort and plantain. I use these plants to treat common first aid injuries like bruises, cuts and skin irritations.
In past years, this particular festival took place at one of the coordinators’ in-laws’ farm. During breaks and after the workshops, vendors sold lots of interesting treasures. I came home with jugs of local honey, blocks of beeswax, and these handmade mugs made by the instructor’s mom Dawn Makarios.
Before Portlandia’s “Put a bird on it!” was a thing, I chose these mugs specifically because I loved that there were birds painted on them. Soon after I bought these mugs, I remember the artist’s granddaughter running out of the house to her mother exclaiming, “Mom! Grandma’s been inside the house painting birds on things all day!” This made me smile and love the mugs even more.
I typically use them to enjoy small afternoon cups of coffee on days I’m feeling especially tired. They look like new, even after withstanding a lot of use and runs through the dishwasher.
It looks like you can find Makarios’ pottery at craft fairs and studios around Southeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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